Devotional for Tuesday November 21st

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”


Our Bible verse for today: “That’s why you have all conspired against me … none of you cares about me …” 1 Samuel 22:8 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Don’t play the victim.”


King Saul had become a pathetic figure. Once he had been God’s chosen leader of the people of Israel. Once he had been a strong and noble king. Once he had been looked up to by all the people. But not anymore. Over time Saul’s thinking had become distorted. He had allowed a sense of entitlement, along with jealousy and insecurity, to dominate his thinking. Soon that morphed into a persecution complex. He began thinking that people were plotting against him and treating him unfairly. He even became suspicious of his most loyal soldier – David.


Thinking like that is always poisonous … and so it was with Saul. He ended up becoming emotionally and spiritually unhinged. He spent long periods wallowing in self-pity and he developed a terrible victim mentality. With that distorted thinking Saul ended up bringing most of his problems upon himself. He himself became the root cause of all the things he was blaming on everyone else. And, that was his undoing. From that point forward everything fell apart for Saul and his story had a very sad ending.


I’ve mentioned several times this month how it is that we all admire and respect those who handle difficult circumstances with dignity and grace. Conversely, nobody admires (or even really feels sorry for) the one who wallows in self-pity and blames everything on other people.


One of the worst things we can do when we’re facing adverse and difficult circumstances is to give in to self-pity and to begin thinking of ourselves as a victim. That’s a downward spiral that never ends well. The truth is that you are responsible for your own life. You are where you are because of the decisions you have made. And while it’s true that you can’t always control your circumstances, you can always control how you react to your circumstances. You can choose dignity and grace over self-pity and victimization.


King Saul did not do that. He did not behave with dignity and grace. Consequently he ended up being a pathetic figure who nobody respected.


Self-pity and a victim mentality are from Satan. God gives to His people the ability to face adversity with strength and courage, with dignity and grace. If you’re dealing with a tough situation today don’t play the victim. Don’t feel sorry for yourself and don’t blame others. Bring the situation to God, lay it at His feet, and ask Him to help you handle it in a way that honors Him and which will inspire others.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim



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